For The Record: Quick News On Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, John Legend, John Mayer, Rakim, Common & More

Jolie talks pregnancy; Legend, Mayer on for jazz fest; Dave Matthews Band pitch in for New Orleans.

Angelina Jolie opens up about expecting a child in an interview with NBC News, scheduled to air Thursday at 7 a.m. on “Today” and Sunday at 7 p.m. on “Dateline.” Jolie’s sit-down took place in Namibia, where she’s currently focused on a new venture — and it’s not delivering a baby (Jolie says she her pregnancy is not yet eight months along). The actress/activist is promoting Global Education Week, an effort to ensure that education is available to all of the world’s children, millions of whom do not have the opportunity to go to school. The actress, who says she knows the sex of her baby, did answer questions about Brad Pitt during the rare interview, saying, “I don’t talk about our, my, relationship in public. But we also don’t talk about it at home. You know, it’s one of those funny things that like just happens, you live your life and you’re a family. But you never actually discuss [it]. … So that’s why I giggle about it. I just don’t know how to address that kind of thing.” …

John Legend and John Mayer are among the acts scheduled to perform at the fifth annual Jazz at Lincoln Center Spring Gala benefit at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 5. Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker and Natalie Merchant are also on the bill and Bernie Mac is hosting. … After announcing a lawsuit against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday, designer Marc Ecko just released the bill for his second annual Save the Rhinos Benefit Concert, to be held in New York on June 8. Rakim, Common, newcomer Lupe Fiasco and Rhymefest are among those tapped for the event. …

Dave Matthews Band want to help New Orleans recover, so they’re offering a $1.5 million challenge grant to help build the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village, which would consist of Habitat for Humanity-constructed homes and feature the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. “After [Hurricane Katrina] first struck, we were shocked by the destruction, and we knew we wanted to help,” DMB said in a statement. The grant money comes from a fundraising concert in Denver that also featured the Neville Brothers and the John Butler Trio. “Many people donated their time and resources to keep costs to a minimum so we could maximize the donation,” DMB said. “This is our way to get the word out that there is more work to do, and ask people to step up to the challenge and make a donation to help.” Contributions, which can be made online at Habitat-NOLA.org, will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the grant, raising the total donation potential to $3 million. … Shinedown are doing their own part to help rebuild the Crescent City. The Jacksonville, Florida, rock band will take a day off from touring in New Orleans next week to team with Habitat and help rebuild homes. Singer Brent Smith recently wrote “New Orleans” on the front of his shirt for two national television performances of their current single, “I Dare You,” as a reminder that work still needs to be done in the city. …

Mandy Moore is a home-wrecker on the season finale of “The Simpsons,” voicing a character named Fiona, the sexy singing wife of a struggling second baseman who seeks marital advice from Homer and Marge. In an episode called “Homer and Marge Turn a Couple Play,” airing May 21 at 8 p.m. on Fox, Moore’s character seems to be getting back on track with her husband, Buck (voiced by Stacy Keach) — until Buck catches Homer giving Fiona a post-show neck massage, causing both couples to separate. … Tom Petty‘s also in for some voiceover action when he returns to “King of the Hill,” resuming his role as Lucky in an episode called “Edu-Macating Lucky.” On the show’s season finale, airing May 14 at 7:30 p.m. on Fox, Lucky gets schoolteacher Peggy to tutor him for his GED, which Peggy hopes will prod him to take a job far away from Luanne — but when she discovers he’s planning to propose to Luanne, she purposely teaches him incorrect material. …

Producer Jazze Pha has put together an R&B quartet called Cherish. The group’s debut, Unappreciated, is due August 1, but single “Do It to It,” featuring a guest rap from Sean Paul of Youngbloodz and produced by Don Vito, was just released. … 30 Seconds to Mars, actor Jared Leto‘s band, recently shot a video for “The Kill” that he is calling an homage to “The Shining.” Leto will debut a portion of the video during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on May 2, the night before the band performs on the show. … Ben Folds recently helmed the soundtrack for “Over the Hedge,” the animated comedy featuring the voices of Bruce Willis and Steve Carell. The album is due May 16. …

A new Web site — NationalDayofSlayer.org — is calling on all metalheads worth their salt to celebrate the legendary thrashers on June 6. According to the site, “6/6/06 isn’t a date that comes around very often … and while plenty of stupid horror movies and terrible albums will be released for the hype value of the day that bears ‘the number of the beast,’ [we've] decided that this would be a perfect day for Hessians across the country to come together and engage in something upon which we can all agree — listening to Slayer.” The site suggests that Slayer fans honor a National Day of Slayer by listening to the band’s albums “at full blast” in their cars, homes, workplaces and in public because “national holidays in America aren’t just about celebrating; they’re about forcing it upon non-participants.” The site also suggests staging a “Slay-out” by staying home from work and listening to Slayer all day. …

Mick Jagger has signed on for a sitcom pilot for ABC’s fall schedule, with a working title of “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger.” The Rolling Stones singer shot his scenes for the pilot last week in an Auckland, New Zealand, hotel room, although the show would take place in New York. In the series, the janitor for Jagger’s building would try to rob his apartment over the course of a 24-episode season. If the pilot is picked up, Jagger would appear occasionally, but not in every episode, as the plot revolves around the would-be thieves. Meanwhile, the Stones deny reports that they refused to give up their reservations at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, to accommodate President Bush this June. The band’s camp issued a statement saying that no one associated with Jagger, other members of the Stones, the tour director or those responsible for travel arrangements for the tour were ever contacted by the Imperial Hotel, Bush or anyone on his behalf requesting them to change their reservation. …

Counting Crows and Goo Goo Dolls are joining forces this summer for a 45-city North American tour. The jaunt, which kicks off June 17 in Las Vegas and wraps up September 9 in Dallas, marks the first time the two bands are heading out on the road together. They’ll hit cities including Denver, Detroit, Atlanta and Boston, as well as the Crows and Dolls’ respective hometowns, San Francisco and Buffalo, New York. … The Lemonheads have been playing reunion shows since they re-formed last year, and now the Boston alterna-folk rockers are making it official by signing to a new home, emo/punk label Vagrant Records. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on what will be its eighth studio album, due in the fall. The record was self-financed and co-produced by Lemonheads impresario Evan Dando and drummer Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag). The band is rounded out by bass player Karl Alvarez (Descendents).

04.25.2005

BET is developing a new DMX reality series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Revolving around the rapper’s life, “DMX: Soul of a Man” is slated to be part of the channel’s next season of programming. …

Coldplay, Gorillaz, James Blunt and Kaiser Chiefs are among the artists nominated for the 51st annual Ivor Novello Awards, songwriting honors presented by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters. Coldplay lead the list with three nominations — “Speed of Sound” is up for International Hit of the Year as well as Most Performed Work (running against Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” in both categories), while “Fix You” faces off with Arctic Monkeys‘ “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and KT Tunstall‘s “Suddenly I See” for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically prize. The awards will be presented May 25 in London. …

In related news, a songwriters panel consisting of Jimmy Jam, Linda Perry, John Rich of country duo Big & Rich and Michael Giacchino — the composer for “Lost” and “Mission: Impossible III” — convened on Thursday in Hollywood for the “I Create Music” Expo. The first-time event, put on by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, also featured Tom Petty, Jill Scott, Glen Ballard, Mike Elizondo and John King of the Dust Brothers sharing words of wisdom with 1,000 budding songwriters and composers. “Songwriting is interesting because it’s done behind the scenes and everybody kind of has their own way of doing it,” said Jimmy Jam, who took a break from producing Janet Jackson and Jessica Simpson‘s new records to attend. “The artists make the songs come alive, but without the songs, the artists don’t really have anything. Songwriting is the backbone of music, so this is all about music creation, the music creator and to shine a little spotlight on them, which I think is fantastic.” …

The funeral for Keith Bender Jr., the 35-year-old Detroit man police say was shot by D12‘s Proof at the CCC Nightclub on April 11, has been scheduled for Thursday morning at New Galilee Baptist Church in Detroit. A Keith Bender Jr. Memorial Fund has been established for his family, and donations may be made at any Chase bank in the Detroit area. Proof was fatally shot during the April 11 incident, allegedly by Bender’s cousin, Mario Etheridge. … Lil Jon shot the breeze with none other than Kid from ’80s rap group Kid ‘N Play at a screening of Larry Clark‘s “Wassup Rockers” in Santa Monica, California, Monday night. Actor Michael Rapaport also kicked it with Jon for a bit. …

Phil Spector‘s murder trial will hardly be a speedy one. The music producer’s murder case has been pushed all the way to January 16, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. The trial had been set for September, but Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler told lawyers he had scheduled another trial for the same date. Spector is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in February 2003. …

American Idol” producers are assigning two voting phone numbers to each contestant beginning Tuesday (April 25). “We’re getting like 33 million, 34 million calls each week, and we’ve never gotten quite that many before,” Co-Executive Producer Ken Warwick explained. “We normally went to the two and three phone numbers in the finale, but this year, we start this week.” … Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters will perform the band’s classic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, from start to finish on his forthcoming North American tour. The 19-gig trek kicks off September 6 in Holmdel, New Jersey, and wraps up October 12 in Seattle. Waters will perform two nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. …

Want to see a private performance by the All-American Rejects with 15 of your friends? If you answered “You bet,” check out the American Eagle Outfitters Web site, where entries for the “Road Trip Party” contest are being accepted until May 2. The grand-prize winner — along with guests — will be flown out to Los Angeles in June for the concert. Before the show, the winner and his or her lucky friends will get to hang out with the band, and the prize also includes hotel accommodations and a $500 shopping spree. First-prize winners will win an All-American Rejects autographed guitar and a $500 American Eagle gift card. The second prize is a $50 gift card and an AAR CD signed by the band. … Dashboard Confessional‘s forthcoming album has been given a title: Dusk and Summer. A summer release is planned. …

OK Go will open select dates for She Wants Revenge as well as Panic! At the Disco this summer — when they’re not headlining their own shows, that is. In most of the cities they’re scheduled to play, the bandmembers will pair with YouTube.com and select a fan to shoot a 10-minute interview and the band’s performance in exchange for editing something for the site. OK Go will release their new single, “Invincible,” at the end of May. … The Fiery Furnaces are hitting the road from June 8 in Detroit to June 30 in Washington, D.C. The duo are supporting the just-released Bitter Tea.Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson will release his debut full length, The New Leader, in June. The album, to be issued under the alias DJ Starscream, will showcase a heavier side of mash-ups, which Wilson has dubbed “mosh-ups.” …

Metric frontwoman Emily Haines is taking a break from her synth-rock day gig to make her solo debut with Knives Don’t Have Your Back, due September 26. Recorded over four years in four cities — New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and her hometown of Toronto — the 12-track album was produced by John O’Mahoney (Strokes, System of a Down) and Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw. Knives also includes collaborations with fellow Canadian musicians Justin Peroff (Broken Social Scene) and Evan Cranley (Stars). … Arcade Fire‘s touring violinist, Final Fantasy (a.k.a. Owen Pallet), will release his sophomore solo album, He Poos Clouds, on June 13. Eight of the album’s 10 songs have a rather interesting inspiration: “Dungeons & Dragons.” After his European trek comes to an end, Final Fantasy will play several American dates, including stops in New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Columbus, Ohio.

Hoboken, New Jersey, indie rockers Yo La Tengo are self-releasing an album of covers played at annual WFMU fundraisers from 1996-2003. Songs on the 31-track album, titled Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, were recorded during the eight-year period when the band played requests on host Gaylord Fields’ show in exchange for donations to help fund the independent radio station. For sale on the band’s Web site, the disc includes the Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” T. Rex‘s “20th Century Boy” and Velvet Underground‘s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’.” … FX’s fireman drama “Rescue Me” will release a soundtrack May 30 to coincide with the premiere of its third season. Bands on the disc include the Von Bondies (whose “C’mon, C’mon” serves as the series’ theme), Stereophonics, the Subways, Ray LaMontagne, Wolf Parade and Our Lady Peace. …